Sydney Thunder has lost 3 consecutive matches and will be in desperate need of a win. In the last 3 games, Sydney Thunder played Melbourne Stars twice and scored 145 and 142 batting first. The batting department lacks consistency at this moment in the league while Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson continue to be Thunder’s best hope.
In addition to Ferguson and Khawaja, Matthew Gikes at number 4 and Alex Hales at the top could be crucial for SYT. Hales and Khawaja need to step up and give their side a big start it desperately needs. When SYT took on MLS for the first time in BBL 2019-20, Daniel Sams, Chris Morris, and Nathan McAndrew together picked 7 wickets while defending 142 runs. In addition, Chris Tremain and Jonathan Cook are also effective bowling options for skipper Ferguson.
Hurricanes are at 7th place in the points table with 3 wins in 7 matches. Their last win came at Perth where D Arcy Short scored an unbeaten hundred batting first for HBH. Riding on his century, Hobart finished with 180-2 against Scorchers. While they successfully defended the total, Hurricanes had no special bowling performance in the innings. Scott Boland was the top bowler for HBH with 2 for 29 while Qais Ahmed bagged 1 wicket for 29 runs.
David Miller and George Bailey had played quick innings against Brisbane Heat prior to their win, where Hurricanes lost chasing 213 runs. Had the two survived on the crease for longer, Hobart could have seen themselves inching closer to victory. After scores of 181-9 and 180-2, Hobart Hurricanes’ batting line-up collapsed in the recent match. Taking on Brisbane Heat for the second time this season, HBH finished 126-9 batting first and lost by 5 wickets. Scott Boland will be their top choice among the bowlers going into this match while Matthew Wade is likely to feature in the XI after his fifty in the last innings.
Our Prediction for SYT vs HBH
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While Hobart Hurricanes’ recent performances were better in terms of batting as compared to Sydney Thunder, HBH will have the home advantage on their side. In addition, Sydney Thunder’s bowlers seem to be finding their rhythm and if Chris Morris, Jonathan Cook, and Daniel Sams deliver as expected, Thunder would get a vulnerable and inconsistent HBH batting order on the backfoot. However, Hobart Hurricanes also have a good bowling attack and going up against Sydney Thunder who’s struggling in the batting department, Hurricanes would back their bowlers to give them an edge in the game.